Mine Sweeping Companies: Industry Problems, Aims & Growth

Mine Sweeping Companies: Industry Problems, Aims & Growth

Mine sweeping companies help to detect and dispose of landmines. In a recent study entitled the “Global Mechanical Mine Clearance Systems Market”, more light was shed on the industry and how things are expected to develop in the sector. Armtrac was included in this report as one of the key market players.

The study looked at the industry from 2012 to present, and forecast what might be to come from 2019 to 2028. According to the study, the market is “expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 5.3% over the next five years”. This increase means that the mechanical mine clearance systems market is set to reach 47 million US dollars in 2023; a jump from 35 million US dollars in 2017.

The problem with landmines

To understand what mine sweeping companies do, it is first important to understand what landmines are, and thus, understand why mine sweeping companies are so passionate about their work.

Landmines are a type of explosive ordnance that is usually found at, or below, ground level. Often hidden, they are designed to automatically detonate by the pressure or proximity of a person or vehicle. The detonation of this device often causes life-changing injuries and can even result in the loss of life.

With an estimated 110 million landmines around today, demining equipment manufacturing companies are faced with the challenge of creating equipment that can discover, connect with and neutralise the threat of these devices.

What do mine sweeping companies do?

Mine sweeping companies create solutions to dispose of landmines and often other types of unexploded ordnance, too. As there are so many different types of mines that exist, it means businesses in this industry have to be constantly developing and improving the solutions they provide. It is especially important to be innovative, due to the constantly changing designs of new landmines . Equally, there is a need to also find the safest way to dispose of legacy land mines.

Companies like Armtrac try and cater for customer demand in whatever way they can. For example, we know that in some cases, people prefer to use robotic and remote-controlled mine clearance machinery, yet others are content to use mine sweeping equipment directly controlled by an operator.

Whatever products we provide our customers with, we ensure that they are all well designed and suitable for their intended use. It is essential that all mine sweeping companies operate safely and hold the safety of demining operatives, as well as the wider public, as their top priority. You can read more from our mission statement here.

Mine Sweeping Companies: Problems

Although there have been advancements in demining equipment, not everyone has been able to fully take advantage of this. This was noted in the mine clearance systems study.

Some issues that can make it difficult for mine sweeping machines to be accessible to people, include:

  • High installation costs
  • Expensive maintenance
  • Safety concerns
  • Lack of skilled operators

To make sure a good mine sweeping company is being used, customers should check that a company has the necessary qualifications and certifications for the products or services they offer. We think that it is important to check this, as this can make the difference between a business providing you with quality demining equipment and a dangerous machine. Not having suitable equipment can have devastating consequences. If a company doesn’t have information readily available about their certifications and hold proof about their legitimacy, customers should be concerned.

Mine Sweeping Companies: Successes

Both manual and remote controlled demining devices have developed a lot in the last few years. Consequently, there has been a reduced number of injuries and fatalities. Armtrac celebrates that more effective mechanical solutions have contributed to fewer casualties.

Furthermore, there have been some reduction in costs for demining machines, which has allowed more people to have access to the equipment they really need. Although the best solutions are not always the cheapest, mine flail systems are a common purchase among those seeking demining machines. The popularity of this is anticipated to continue in the coming years.

Mine Sweeping Companies: The Future

At Armtrac, we are continually advancing, amending, and adjusting our demining machine manufacturing techniques and our business models. We do this so that those who use our machinery get the most positive outcomes. It definitely isn’t an easy job, but we have stepped up to the mark.

Our company makes it our aim to live in a landmine-free world. Particularly significant growth in the demining industry is expected between 2019 and 2024, and we hope that this indicates a universal effort to conquer the problem of mines. With governments, charitable organisations, humanitarian groups, and local communities working together, we think that becoming landmine-free is a real possibility.

To help demining Service Companies achieve their objectives more cost effectively, Armtrac are piloting a scheme to allow rental of some products including the Armtrac 20T Mk2. We will need to take a deposit for the duration of the hire agreement and charge a calendar day rate for usage once it arrives in its designated operational area but it is an economical proposition for those seeking to hire Mine Sweeping equipment for shorter term contracts.

Make Armtrac your Mine Sweeping Company

Committed to engendering positive change through our role in this industry, Armtrac is dedicated and determined to supply the best mine sweeping solutions. We know how difficult the process of finding the right mine sweeping company is. However, we design and manufacture machines that are reliable and fit for purpose.

If you’re interested in what Armtrac are doing and wondering how we could help you, call us today on +44 (0) 1638 743979. Alternatively, send us an email at info@armtrac.net.

We look forward to hearing from you.